As his mother tells it, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr – when he was four years-old – cried over former Republican President Gerald Ford’s loss to Democratic then-challenger Jimmy Carter.

A few years later, Carr went against the grain from his classmates by choosing the role of Republican candidate Ronald Reagan during a fourth-grade mock presidential debate. Most everyone else wanted to be Carter.

From his youth in a staunchly Republican family, to serving as the late U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s chief of staff, to becoming one of Georgia’s top elected officials, Carr has had no shortage of political influences in his life. He’s also represented the state government in a series of controversial lawsuits dealing with abortion restrictions, election integrity and federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

This year, Carr aims to fend off a challenge from Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan (D-Atlanta) to keep the attorney-general post he’s held since 2016. He takes a tough-on-crime approach against gang activities and human trafficking, while letting a faith in the rule of law guide him through the recent public storm of fraud claims from the 2020 presidential election.

State Affairs sat down with Carr this week for a conversation about his political career, accomplishments in office and what he hopes to achieve if elected to another four-year term. His answers have been edited for length and clarity.

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